The 2015 Population and Housing Census data will help to reach national goals for the next 10 years.


Coverage of the UNFPA Sierra Leone launch of the State of World Population report at the Juba IDP camp on 17 October 2017. According to the State of World Population report entitled, 'Worlds Apart: Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality' which states unless inequality is urgently tackled and the poorest women empowered to make their own decisions about their lives, countries could face unrest and threats to peace and development.

The UNFPA report recommends focusing on the furthest behind first, in line with the United Nations blueprint for achieving sustainable development and inclusive societies by 2030. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has “envisaged a better future, one where we collectively tear down the barriers and correct disparities,” the report states. “Reducing all inequalities needs to be the aim. Some of the most powerful contributions can come from realizing...women’s reproductive rights.”

Child marriage is a severe violation of human rights and a serious form of child abuse. Global statistics report that every year approximately 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. The region of West and Central Africa has the highest prevalence rate of child marriage in Africa, and the world’s second highest prevalence rate (after South Asia)[1]. In Sierra Leone the picture is equally daunting. According to the Demographic Health Survey 2013, 28 percent of adolescents aged 15-19 years in Sierra Leone have begun childbearing, and 38.9 percent of 20-24 year olds were married before the age of 18.  Additionally, the survey revealed that maternal mortality in Sierra Leone is still one of the highest at 1,360 per 100,000 live births; teenage child bearing contributes to nearly one third (28 per cent) of all pregnancies nationwide; and 40 per cent of maternal deaths occur as a result of teenage pregnancy.
UNFPA and UNICEF are jointly implementing the Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage. The Global Programme approach recognises that ending child marriage will involve addressing complex socio-cultural and structural factors which contribute to child marriage over an extended period. 

Numerous people lost their lives, their homes and loved ones in the recent floods in Sierra Leone. Although, Samura Forna, our UNFPA gardener survived the floods, he tragically lost his daughter, two grand-children, son-in-law, cousin and his home.


In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Check out our documentary on UNFPA support to Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care Services (EmONC) in Sierra Leone.

Video documentary produced by Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and partners to commemorate the launching of the multi sectoral national strategy to reduce Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. The strategy was officially launched by the Sierra Leone president H.E Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on 13th May 2013 in the Freetown.


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Video Song performed by Group of Female Musicians from Sierra Leone to commemorate the launching of the Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) in Sierra Leone


This video highlights the campaign efforts of Vanessa Williams, the 2012 Miss Sierra Leone to end Fistula in Sierra Leone with the support of UNFPA and other development partners.